To calculate your initial handicap, an average of your first three rounds is used, from play on courses of 18 holes.
Once 3 scorecards have been entered or submitted a calculation is made for your initial golf handicap.
The calculation takes your individual hole scores, uses them with each holes par. The maximum, for initial handicap purposes, for each hole is 2 over par – so the calculation levels your score out to maximum values (if you played badly on a particular hole.) – which allows for a couple of bad holes (Yes, we do that too!).
Your Gross Score is used as an initial guide, this is your total score (adjusted) for the round minus the SSS for the course (see below for SSS).
e.g If you scored a total of 99, maybe this was adjusted to 98 as you scored a 6 on a par 3 (max allowed is 2 over par) – so if the course SSS is 71 your Gross Score is 98-71 which is 27.
This is how much you played over expected Par, this is divided between your 3 scores.
So your starting Handicap = 9 (27/3=9).
Our Handicap allows for a Men’s Handicap of 36 for handicap purposes but should be limited to 28 for men. In other countries, the maximum handicap is 53.5!